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Five Awful Travel Ideas That Sadly Aren't April Fools' Jokes

April 1, 2014 at 4:36 PM | by | ()

It's that time of year when we not only look for spring right around the corner, but also spend one day indulging in little pranks. It's April Fools' Day and this year our focus isn't on airlines' false press releases, but rather actual bad travel ideas we wish were jokes.

Flamingo Air's "Mile High Club" flights

If joining the mile-high club is on your bucket-list, now you can do it safely and securely on an "airline" specifically for those wanting to get nasty on a plane. For $425, a small chartered aircraft will give frisky couples access to a queen bed in the sky for a 60-minute flight. The package includes champagne, chocolates, and one discrete pilot at the controls.

The Ostrich Pillow

Sleeping on long-haul flights typically ends in stiff necks and sore muscles. This invention, designed to block light and support your head, only really ensures that you'll be an object of attention and the subject in many camera phone photos.

Titanic II

Last year, we told you about an Aussie mogul's idea for creating Titanic II, an exact replica of the ill-fated transatlantic liner from 1912. The project is actually still moving forward, albeit slowly, with the cabins being created on land for approval by this summer.

In-Flight Calling

Airplane cabins were once the last frontier for the encroachment of cellphones on our daily lives. Emirates then opened up the airwaves to in-flight mobile calls, then the FAA considered lifting the ban on voice calls, with other airlines looking to attract chatty customers. The auditory onslaught isn't so widespread yet at 32,000 feet, but this may change.

Alternative airline seating

Seating on a airplane should be just that. Seats. Not saddles, not straps for standing-room-only. And most certainly not a ledge coming out from the side of the cabin for propping up butt cheeks. The best seats are those seats that look like seats, comfortably support us in the right places, and meet safety standards. Slimline seats are fine, but we just can't see any of the far-fetched predictions coming to fruition.

[Photos: Mile High Flights, Telegraph, Paul Harris for Sydney Morning Herald, Emirates, Aviointeriors]

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